Imported films under the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) agreement, like the superhit romcom “Chalbaaz” and supernatural action comedy “Naqaab” starring Shakib Khan also made notable impact in Bangladesh’s box office
The Bangladeshi film industry had a great run in 2018. Theatres had major hits like Jaya Ahsan, Chanchal Chowdhury starrer psychological thriller “Debi: Misir Ali Prothombar,” political drama “Dohon” featuring popular newcomer duo Siam and Puja, Eamin Haque Bobby’s big budget superhero film “Bizli,” and Giasuddin Selim’s second feature film “Swapnajaal” starring Pori Moni. Imported films under the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) agreement, like the superhit romcom “Chalbaaz” and supernatural action comedy “Naqaab” starring Shakib Khan also made notable impact in Bangladesh’s box office. The Dhaka Tribune Showtime’s Siam Raihan looks into the films slated to be released in 2019 which are already creating hype among the film lovers of the country.
Actor turned film-maker Tauquir Ahmed’s upcoming film, “Fagun Haway - In spring Breeze,” will feature the newcomer silver screen sensation Siam Ahmed alongside acclaimed actor Nusrat Imrose Tisha. The film, produced by Impress Telefilmwas inspired by Tito Rahman’s “Bou Kotha Kow,” a short story based on the 1952 language movement. The film is scheduled to receive a nationwide theatrical release on February 8.
Dhallywood superstars Shakib Khan and Nusraat Faria starrer “Shahenshah” will be released in mid-2019. This is the first big screen appearance of the two stars alongside each other. Though Faria is already a major film star in both Bengals, it will be her first official Bangladeshi film as most of the films she starred in were India-Bangladesh co-productions or West Bengal productions. The film, produced by Shapla Media and directed by Shamim Ahmed Roni, has completed 25% of its production phase and will hit the theatres in mid-2019.
Young filmmaker Razib Ahsan’s debut feature film, “Namhin Gotrohin,” based on the 1971 Liberation War started its production phase on January 6 in Old Dhaka and is looking for a mid-2019 release. The film, based on a short story of the same title written by eminent author Hasan Azizul Huq, received the Bangladesh government fund in 2017. The film depicts a story of how a civilian saw the war one winter night during 1971.
Do or Die
Dipankar Dipon’s upcoming film, “Do or Die,” will chronicle the “Operation Kilo Flight,” code name for the Mukti Bahini combat aviation formation, assembled by some brave Bangladeshi fighter pilots during the Liberation War in 1971. After the war it formed the core of the nascent Bangladesh Air Force. It will revolve around the gutsy story of Flight Lieutenant Shamsul Alam (Bir Uttam), who flew the DHC-3 Otter plane, during a breathtaking mission- with co-pilot Flight Lieutenant Akram. “Do or Die,” produced by Three Wheelers Limited and Main Square Corporation, started its production phase in November 2018 and looking to hit the theatres during the end of 2019.
Jaya Ahsan starrer “Bijoya,” produced by Indian production company Opera Movies, will be released across the West Bengal theatres on January 4. The Bangladeshi release dates for the film will be announced later. Jaya had a massively successful year with numerous successful productions in India and “Debi,” starred and produced by her, while her latest film “Bishorjon” is currently running in three theatres in Dhaka.